Danilo Silva became a key member of Los Angeles Football Club’s squad after arriving in the summer transfer window, and while the defender’s option to purchase his contract from Brazilian club Internacional was not picked up, a new report adds to the indications he will be back with the black-and-gold in 2019.
Paul Tenorio reported on Twitter on Wednesday that LAFC are working to sign Silva, likely to use Targeted Allocation Money to get the “long-term” deal done:
LAFC is finalizing a long-term deal to re-sign defender Danilo Silva, per a league source. Danilo was on loan from Internacional in Brazil through the end of the year. Was a TAM player before, expect acquisition costs to keep him on TAM level going forward.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 2, 2019
Silva, 32, made 11 appearances for LAFC between regular season and playoffs after arriving in the summer transfer window. He effectively replaced Laurent Ciman at center back, who was transferred to Ligue 1 side Dijon in August.
While Silva had a rocky game in the playoffs against Real Salt Lake, where he scored his first goal for the club but was directly blamed for a goal scored by RSL in the upset, the veteran was largely successful in his run with LAFC. He did deal with injuries, reportedly something that had been a major issue at Internacional, but LAFC currently have just one player, six-month loanee Eddie Segura, under contract at center back.
If you’re wondering about Walker Zimmerman, now out of contract officially but who had been offered a deal by LAFC, someone asked Tenorio on Twitter how things are looking in terms of his future:
Still in discussions— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 2, 2019
Discussions are good! Better than no talks at all, certainly.
We’ll keep you posted on updates on this front, but it looks like there will be at least one holdover in the center of defense for LAFC for 2019.
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